Utah vs. Penn State: TV info, betting odds, and expert predictions for the Rose Bowl
The eighth-ranked Utah Utes (10-3, 7-2 Pac-12) take on the 11th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) at the Rose Bowl on Monday.
It’s a second consecutive appearance for Utah in the ‘Granddaddy of Them All,’ and a second consecutive back-and-forth matchup potentially awaits.
Penn State’s only two losses this season were to teams that went to the College Football Playoff. This was a top-20 offense by scoring, powered by one of the best young backfields in college football.
The true freshman tandem of Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen combined for 1,771 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, as well as 49 explosive runs. Singleton on his own had 11 carries of at least 20 yards — a mark that ranked third among all Big Ten runners.
“They’ve got great instincts, vision,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said of the duo. “They’ve both got good size. … They’re both very instinctual, like I said, tough, can run between the tackles, can get outside. They’re very impressive.”
The best run defense from the Pac-12 will look to slow them down and avenge last year’s Rose Bowl defeat.
Here’s everything you need to know for the game.
TV info and kickoff time
Kickoff time: 2 p.m. PT
TV network: ESPN; fans can also watch the game live on WatchESPN with a cable or satellite provider login
Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Line: Utah -1.5
Money line: Utah -115, Penn State +104
ESPN’s FPI gives the Utes a 57.4% chance of beating the Nittany Lions.
Bill Connelly’s SP+ picked the Nittany Lions to win 27-26.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg picked Utah by a field goal, 31-28:
Utah heads to Pasadena for the second straight season, while Penn State makes its first Rose Bowl appearance in six years. Opt-outs likely will be minimal, although Penn State will miss star cornerback Joey Porter Jr. against Utah’s passing game. Penn State is poised for a big 2023 season with a lot of key players returning, but this will be the final game as a Nittany Lion for quarterback Sean Clifford and he’ll play well. But I can’t pick against Utah and quarterback Cam Rising, who missed most of last year’s game with an injury. Rising and tight end Dalton Kincaid lead the Utes on a late touchdown drive to rally for the win.
247Sports’ Chris Hummer picked the same score, 31-28, but gave the edge to Penn State:
This is the best matchup of bowl season, in my opinion. Two great teams, very few opt outs and the setting of the Rose Bowl? Hell yeah. Utah tends to beat teams up along the line of scrimmage, but Penn State is rather tough up front, too. And, honestly, I do wonder how Utah moves the ball without do-it-all tight end Dalton Kincaid. Penn State is a bit more whole going into this matchup, and I think Sean Clifford ends his college career in emphatic fashion.
CBS Sports’ Shehan Jeyarajah was one of five on a seven-man panel to pick Utah to win and cover:
Despite an impressive 10-win campaign, Penn State is relatively unproven against the elite of college football with zero wins over ranked opponents. Utah hasn’t been perfect with narrow losses to UCLA and Oregon, but the Utes did not flinch when faced with superior athleticism against USC. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has never won a Rose Bowl, and this may very well be his moment.